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Who doesn’t feel like a couch potato sometimes?
Sometimes, it feels good.
Other times, it feels like a guilty pleasure turned into a guilt trip.
It is possible to “couch potato out” and stay healthy if you can incorporate a few subtle moves into your daily routine.
This breaks up the long stretches of being sedentary, which can lead to chronic disease and even death (Harvard 2013). Exercise can also boost your mood and have a distinct anti-depressant effect.
Here are some quick tips to incorporate into your daily routine, as long as your current state of health allows it. Check with your healthcare practitioner to be sure:
FitBit. You’re Never Too Old” A Fitness Plan for Middle-Aged Couch Potatoes. March 27, 2018. https://blog.fitbit.com/couch-potatoes/
Harvard Health. Easy exercises for couch potatoes. December 1, 2013. https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/easy-exercises-for-couch-potatoes
Migliaccio, A.J. Fitness and Expectations. A pep talk and easy exercise program to help you feel better, inside and out. 2003.
NPR. From Couch Potato to Fitness Buff: How I Learned to Love Exercise. January 14, 2019. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2019/01/14/684118974/from-couch-potato-to-fitness-buff-how-i-learned-to-love-exercise
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. Always check with your healthcare practitioner before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.